Soaking, Needed Rain Continues in California, Nevada
A soaking rainfall led to the biggest rain totals in some parts of southern California and Nevada in several months.
Rain started across southern California, Nevada and Arizona on Wednesday night, dropping about a half-inch of rain around Los Angeles and Las Vegas. San Diego ended up with almost an inch of rainfall from an upper-level low that drew up Pacific moisture and deposited it in the Southwest. While not a drought-buster in it of itself, this system will help add meaningful rain totals to areas still recovering from the historic four-year drought.
Conditions in central and northern California have drastically improved in the last year thanks to above-average rain and snow. Extreme drought conditions are mostly confined to southern California, where areas like Los Angeles and San Diego received only about average rainfall last winter.
Las Vegas, Nevada saw at least 0.50″ of rainfall from the same system, making it the city’s wettest day since April 30th. Phoenix, Arizona saw 0.42″ of rainfall, its wettest day since August 5th. For the typically bone-dry desert southwest, even moderate rainfall amounts such as these are imperative for this part of the country. Additionally, moderate rains like these mostly avoid flooding while delivering beneficial moisture.
Another system could brush southern California early next week, but any rain is expected to be mostly light. The weather pattern calms down significantly after this system for southern California and Nevada.
Stay with WeatherNation for the latest on this system and the busy weather across the West.
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi